Salt Lake City International Airport’s End of Runway Deicing Program

Salt Lake City, Utah


Common-use deicing pads are making excessive aircraft holdover times a thing of the past


•    Project offers safety, operational and environmental benefits
•    New pads will accommodate growth
•    Relocation creates room to expand

As prime engineering consultant for Salt Lake City International Airport’s End of Runway Deicing Program, HNTB is helping relocate the airport’s deicing operations from airline-controlled deicing pads in the central terminal area to common-use deicing pads near the ends of three air carrier runways.

Designed to accommodate projected growth and changes in aircraft fleets, each deicing pad is large enough to hold up to eight carrier or cargo planes of various sizes.

The new pads also offer several safety, operational and environmental benefits. They decrease congestion in the busy central terminal area, shorten taxi times and reduce the number of turn-backs when holdover times are exceeded. HNTB also worked with airport operations and maintenance to develop a more efficient use of glycol and glycol reclamation operations.

Existing deicing facilities have been decommissioned, providing space for an expanded terminal and more efficient terminal area operations.